Science and Mathematics teachers across the State of Maharashtra, are noticed using their own special and innovative methods of teaching in the classrooms. They perhaps design novel experiments, models, tables, charts and pictures for this purpose. With the advancement of technology, some of them are found developing their websites, forming groups like whatsapp and employing social media like Facebook and Twitter to inform their innovations. However, those dissemination efforts fall short considerably with the result their distinctive teaching practices do not get exchanged with the other teachers on the desired scale.
To bridge this gap an initiative is taken by Marathi Vidnyan Parishad (MVP). It is an institution with the standing of 52 years and is devoted to promoting knowledge creation in general and propagating science in particular. MVP felt that such innovative teachers across the State should be brought together and they may be given an opportunity to present their methods before a large group of teachers. Accordingly two State Level Science and Mathematics Teachers` Congresses (SLSMTCs) were held in November 2016 and December 2017 both at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune where 70 and 65 teachers participated, respectively. The main themes of these Congresses were: ‘LEARNING SCIENCE BY DOING’ in the year 2016 and ‘EVALUATION’ in the year 2017.
The participants were required to prepare the Research Paper on the theme of the Congress and make its presentation. In these Congresses parallel sessions were held in more than one classroom wherein each participant was allocated eight minutes time to present his/her Research Paper through PowerPoint Presentation or simple oral presentation, which was followed by question-answers among the presenter and the evaluators and the other participants of the group for two minutes. In the end two teachers from each classroom were adjudged as the best teachers of the group and were awarded the Certificate of Merit. Further the best performer of each classroom was offered the internship for a period of 5 to 6 weeks in the IISER, Pune the entire cost of which was borne by the IISER.
Besides drawing the satisfaction of presenting their own innovative methods of teaching and evaluation, before such a large cross-section of teachers, the participants were immensely benefited by witnessing the presentations made by other teachers. Considering the benefit drawn by all the participants and with a view to extend such benefit to more teachers, Marathi Vidnyan Parishad had decided to organise such a Congress for a total period of 5 years commencing from the year 2016. Accordingly, the Third State level Science and Mathematics Teachers` Congress will be held in November/December, 2018 at the IISER, Pune. The main theme of the third Congress will also be EVALUATION.
Further, based on the feedback and review of the first and the second congresses, it has been decided to organise one-day workshop at three places to enlighten the prospective Congress participants about the main theme and sub-themes of the Congress, use of Statistical techniques and use of PowerPoint in presenting Research Paper, evaluation through performance of the experiments and allied things. The details of these workshops are furnished below.
|Sr. No.||Date of Workshop||Venue of workshop||The places (Districts) from which the teachers will be eligible to participate in the workshop||Whether the stay arrangements will be available on earlier night for the participants|
|1||May 02, 2018||Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, Vidnyan Bhavan, V. N. Purav Marg, Sion-Chunabhatti, Mumbai 400022||Mumbai City,Mumbai Suburban,Thane, Palghar,Raigad and Nashik||NO|
|2||May 04, 2018||Azad College, Satara||Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur||NO|
|3||June 14, 2018||Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Near National Chemical Laboratory, Pashan, Pune||All the Districts of the State of Maharashtra and Goa other than those Districts indicated against Sr. No. 1 & 2 above.||Available for a limited number of teachers.|
A) The Science educators / communicators and the teachers teaching Science subjects and/or Maths to the Classes (standards) 6 to 12, of the State of Maharashtra and Goa, will be eligible to participate in any one of the workshops and the Congress.
B) The Co-ordinator for the workshops at Sr. No 1 & 3 is Shri Prakash Modak (email- firstname.lastname@example.org and Mobile Number - 9920329984). The Co-ordinator for the workshops at Sr. No. 2 is Dr. Sudhir Kumbhar (email- email@example.com and Mobile Number – 9421214136). Accordingly the teachers desirous of participating in any of the workshops may send an email to the respective Co-ordinator up to 10 days before the date of workshop, indicating the following personal details: 1) Name in full, 2) Residential Address, 3) Name of the School/College/Institution, where the teacher is teaching, 4) E-mail address, 5) Contact Number (Mobile and/or Phone number), 6) the Classes (standards) to which the teacher has been teaching, and 7) the subjects being taught.
C) There are no registration charges for any of the workshops. The tea and lunch will be provided free of cost on the day of workshop at all the three places. The stay and the dinner arrangement at IISER (in respect of workshop at Sr. No. 3 above) on the earlier night for a limited number of the participants will also be made free of cost.
D) No travel expenses will be reimbursed in the following cases:
1. The persons attending the workshop at Sr. No. 1 (at MVP), having their place of residence up to Virar, Karjat and Panvel i.e. the places up to which the local trains are available for reaching the venue of the workshop.
2. The persons attending the workshop at Sr. No.2 irrespective of the place of their residence.
3. The persons attending the workshop at Sr. No. 3 (at IISER), having their place of residence in Pune city, its suburbs and Pune District, for reaching the venue of the workshop.
E) Eligibility for travel expenses reimbursement
The participants attending the workshop at MVP and IISER but not falling in the categories mentioned in D1 and D3 above will be reimbursed the travel expenses for attending the workshop on the following basis:
Second Class ordinary/sleeper Railway fare (i.e. Non A/C) or Ordinary (i.e. Non A/C) S.T. bus fare from the Railway station/S.T. bus stop nearest to the place of their residence to the Railway station/S.T. bus stop nearest to the venue of workshop (MVP or IISER) and back will be reimbursed on submitting the original or copy of the ticket/receipt of at least one way journey.
If the journey is performed by own vehicle/higher class, the amount of travel reimbursement will be restricted to the amount as indicated above.
No travel reimbursement will be made in respect of the journey performed by Taxi/Auto Riksha from the place of residence/in Mumbai/in Pune for reaching the Railway Station/Bus stop /Venue of the workshop.
Main Theme and Subthemes
Main Theme: Evaluation
Evaluation gives the level of achievement of students. For this purpose we conduct written or oral tests and mainly measure the level of the students’ content knowledge. Evaluation should not be restricted only to content knowledge, but should show the extent of achievement of the students with respect to all the objectives of the study of the subject and their progress with respect to information, knowledge, abilities, skills, interest and attitude. The purpose of evaluation should not be simply ranking the students, but determining what the students are good at, what they are not good at, what abilities and skills they have acquired and what they still have not, what they should do to improve or acquire new skills, what they are interested in and how they can further develop their interest, and how they can have more positive attitude towards what they are supposed to do. In other words, evaluation is a critical step in the process of the all-round development of students, and it should be carried out using not just written and oral tests, but by a variety of means. Further it needs to be done continuously and not at the end of the semester or the year alone.
As indicated above the main theme of the Third SLSMTC is the Innovative Methods which are used by the teachers for Evaluation of students learning in the classroom. The subthemes of the main theme have followed from the different objectives to which such an innovative method can be applied. These subthemes with their scope and brief description are given below:
a) Evaluation of the ability to think originally: Under this subtheme the objective of the method will be to evaluate whether at all three - cognitive, emotional and social – levels, the students are capable of new ideas, observations or reasoning, whether they can suggest novel ways to solve a difficulty, whether they look at even routine everyday matters with a different perspective, and whether - be it knowledge, literature, fine arts sports, or communication – they show creativity.
b) Evaluation of communication skill: Under this subtheme the objective will be to evaluate how the students communicate their knowledge, opinions, thoughts, projects carried out or problems solved using different media such as writing, talking, discussing or presenting and help them by means of feedback provided.
c) Evaluation of conceptual understanding: Here what is expected is the determination of the level of the students’ conceptual understanding about theory and practical, the extent to which they can apply this understanding, and the comprehensiveness of their understanding of a topic as a whole.
d) Evaluation of laboratory skills: Here the aim is to evaluate the skills of doing, designing and modifying an experiment, and also the skills required to do so, such as observation, classification, handling instruments, estimation, measurement, tabulation and presentation of observations, drawing of graphs, understanding of errors etc.
e) Evaluation of scientific attitude: In this subtheme it is expected that the teacher tests whether the students have understood the importance of numbers, evidence and logical reasoning based on evidence, whether they can make such reasoning, and whether they have realized that in science no other source of knowledge than evidence based on experiments and observation is acceptable. It is also necessary to assess the extent to which they know about the contribution of science and technology to life and to national development, and the level of their interest and confidence with respect to science and mathematics.
f) Evaluation of problem solving ability: It is expected here that the teacher assesses the ability of the students not only to solve questions and problems in the subjects of science and mathematics, but also the aptitude to apply the knowledge of the subjects to understand problems in life around and attempt to solve them.
g) Continuous and comprehensive evaluation: As said in the beginning, the teacher should have a record of the all-round progress of the students in science and mathematics. For this purpose evaluation should be carried out not just at the end of a semester, but continuously throughout the semester by a variety of means, such as practical, observation of behavior, participation in discussions and projects, presentations etc. The students should be provided with feedback continuously. The novel ways in which the teacher has attempted such evaluation should be reported under this subtheme.
Marathi Vidnyan Parishad
Vidnyan Bhavan,V.N.Purav Marg,
Sion - Chunabhatti, Mumbai 400 022,
Phone : 022-24054714, 24057268
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Web : www.mavipamumbai.org / www.scienceteacherscongress.org